Kansas State Quarterback Collin Klein for Sports Illustrated

December 7th, 2012  |  Published in Behind the Scenes, Football, Noteworthy, Portraits

Had to overcome a few minor obstacles for this one–some typical, like, say getting to Manhattan, Kansas in the first place (fly to Kansas City, spend the night in Topeka); getting all of my lights and gear up there on short notice on on a weekend (thank you, Southwest Airlines Cargo), and that nice thin layer of clouds that rolled into my blue sky 20 minutes before my subject arrived. We even had a slight wardrobe malfunction when the authentic 1950′s letterman’s sweater procured for the shoot turned out to be about 2 sizes too small for 6-foot, 175 lb. yours truly, let alone a 6’5″ 225 lb. Heisman Trophy contender of a quarterback. A new one on me, though, was trying to get the setup and shoot done without attracting the attention of the Kansas State head coach, who apparently was none too keen on the whole thing, and who was in residence in his second floor office overlooking the north end zone on that Sunday morning. So a big thanks to Kansas State Sports Information Director Kenny Lannou for not only the heads up that we may be shot if we ventured out onto the field, but for helping to bring the whole thing off in the face of some opposition.

MANHATTAN, KS - DECEMBER 2: Collin Klein, Kansas State quarterback, photographed at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on December 2, 2012. Photograph © 2012 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

MANHATTAN, KS - DECEMBER 2: Collin Klein, Kansas State quarterback, photographed at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on December 2, 2012. Photograph © 2012 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

MANHATTAN, KS - DECEMBER 2: Collin Klein, Kansas State quarterback, photographed at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on December 2, 2012. Photograph © 2012 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

MANHATTAN, KS - DECEMBER 2: Collin Klein, Kansas State quarterback, photographed at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on December 2, 2012. Photograph © 2012 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

MANHATTAN, KS - DECEMBER 2: Collin Klein, Kansas State quarterback, photographed at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on December 2, 2012. Photograph © 2012 Darren Carroll (Darren Carroll)

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